Future Leaders in Aerospace


Applicants must be within 1-2 years of receiving their doctoral degree at the time of the workshop or must have received their PhD no earlier than 2021, and do not currently hold a faculty position. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process.

We expect that approximately 40 participants will be selected based on their academic excellence, interest in a research career in aerospace or related disciplines, and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage the participation of graduate students and postdocs from communities that have been underserved by academia.


Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: The Symposium is intended for women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and underrepresented minorities in aerospace engineering fields.

Q: Can international students apply?
A: We have a limited number of spots available for international students.

Q: May I participate in this symposium if I have participated in previous years?
A: No. We aim to reach the broadest pool possible; you are not eligible to participate again if you have participated in previous years

Q: What expenses for participants are covered?
A: We will arrange travel or reimburse pre-approved travel costs for those selected as participants and provide shared lodging and all meals during the symposium.

Application materials required:
  1. Research statement (maximum 1 page; PDF)
  2. A short description of the applicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic spaces (text only; maximum 1,000 characters including punctuation and spaces)
  3. CV, including list of publications (no page limit, PDF)
  4. One letter of recommendation

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Application Deadline: September 18, 2023 (11:59 PM PDT)
Notification: September 25, 2023
Future Leaders in Aerospace Symposium: October 11-13, 2023

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